Olympic Flame Lit Atop Everest

Display designed to counter protests
By Peter Fearon,  Newser Staff
Posted May 7, 2008 11:04 PM CDT
Chinese climbers display the Olympic torch, and flags at the top of Mount Everest.    (AP Photo/Xinhua, Ngawang Chagxi)
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(Newser) – Chinese and Tibetan climbers lit an OIympic torch at the top of Mount Everest today, the BBC reports. The climbers unfurled Chinese and Olympic flags and chanted slogans for TV cameras beaming their images live onto the nation's TVs. The Chinese hope the elaborate stunt will counter the damage from anti-China protests that greeted the torch as it traveled around the world.